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Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples

Faced with the challenge of designing homes on terrains with steep slopes - or in compact urban contexts that do not allow much variation in plan - several architects have experimented and proposed split-level homes to enhance the use of space, allowing, among other things, interesting visual perspectives.

These variations can be seen in numerous examples published on our site. Below, we have selected 50 examples that can help you in your next project. 

A Tribute to the Color of Contemporary Mexican Architecture

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Color, inherited from indigenous cultures of Mexico, is a defining characteristic of Mexican architecture. Vibrant colors have been used by architects and artists such as Luis Barragán, Ricardo Legorreta, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O'Gorman, and Mario Pani.

Color in Mexican architecture has reinforced the identity of different regions and areas within the country. For example, it is almost impossible to think of San Miguel de Allende or Guanajuato without the facade colors that weave the landscape.

Casa LV1 / T+E Arquitectos

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Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Caleta 18 / R79

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Mérida, Mexico
  • Architects: R79
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  600.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Hábitat Learning Community / Lara Hermanos

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Tlaquepaque, Mexico
  • Architects: Lara Hermanos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  553.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

LEAP Headquarters / Leap

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Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Architects: Leap
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

ANTILOPE / Mass Operations

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Monterrey, Mexico
  • Architects: Mass Operations
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  80.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

San Francisco Ranch / AE Arquitectos

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  • Architects: AE Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  915.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Contemporary Architecture Captured by Mexican Photographers

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The history of Mexican photography has contributed to highlighting Mexico's presence in the world. Photographers like Elsa Medina, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Maya Goded, and Juan Rulfo have masterfully portrayed the life of the buildings, houses and the streets of a rapidly built, nineteenth-century Mexico. 

As a consequence, the contemporary scene of Mexican photography has become a fundamental tool for architecture and has contributed to a better visual understanding of the works that are erected every day.

Photography and architecture are two disciplines that go hand in hand and whose relationship has been reinforced thanks to the digital tools that we currently have. For that reason, we have compiled the work of contemporary Mexican photographers who record our walk through the world we live in and contribute to constructing the image of contemporary Mexico. 

Casa Once / Espacio 18 Arquitectura + Cueto Arquitectura

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Puebla City, Mexico

Celaya Community Center / SPRB arquitectos

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Celaya, Mexico
  • Architects: SPRB arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  795.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Campestre House / TAAB

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Jacona, Mexico
  • Architects: TAAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  188.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

La Toscana Residential Building / AE Arquitectos

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Guadalajara, Mexico

Aldebarán House / Haro Arquitectos

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Zapopan, Mexico
  • Architects: Haro Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  338.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

HOUSE OM1 / AE Arquitectos

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© Lorena Darquea

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Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Architects: AE Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1335.32
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

G-08 House / Saúl Lara

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Zapopan, Mexico
  • Architects: Saúl Lara
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  480.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Method in Modular: 10 Floor Plans Using Shipping Container Architecture

Shipping container architecture has developed its own niche in both design and representation. Colorful or grungy? Economical or gentrified? Either way, you look at it, designing with shipping containers is a serious exercise in modular planning. The physical constraints of the object make designing projects with containers a complex task, which demands specific studies in spatial organization.

The responses using this element in architecture are great and diverse, so we have selected a number of different project plans, both helpful and inspirational, that rise to the shipping container-challenge of design.

Check out selection of 10 architectural project plans using shipping containers below:

The Best Photos of the Week: The Beauty of Concrete

Due to its ability to be shaped into complex forms and the diversity of textures that it can offer, concrete is one of the favorite materials of many architects, who appreciate its capacity to help them realize their designs. For this reason, for this week's Photos of the Week we have selected 20 images that highlight the beauty and expressiveness of this material. Read on to see a selection of renowned photographers such as Brigida González, Bruno Candiotto, Élena Marini Silvestri, and Raphael Olivier.

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